|I want one!|
More and more urban and suburban homeowners are finding benefits in raising chickens instead of other pets. They're soft, they're friendly, and they give you fresh and delicious eggs that liberates you - at least in some small way - from industrialized food production.
Do you want a new feathery friend in your back yard? Before you commit, make sure you:
|Some chicken-friendly cities.|
- Make sure your city allows chickens.
- Avoid roosters. Most cities don't allow them, anyway, and you want to make sure that you don't accidentally end up with more chickens than you can take care of.
- Make sure you have the means and time to care for a chicken. If you're looking for a low-maintenance pet, you might go for an outdoor cat; chickens require lots of time, energy, and upkeep.
- Read up on chicken care. There are a plethora of online resources at your disposal, and it never hurts to talk to someone who takes care of chickens in his or her back yard.
This website gives information on chicken policy in urban areas across the country. If your city or town isn't there, then still check in with your city to make sure that you're good to go.
For me, the #1 bummer about living in an apartment is a lack of chickens. My dream home involves a red door, a picket fence and a chicken coop out back!
Do you have any experiences or stories with backyard/urban chickens? Share in the comments!